FEDERAL SUPPORT EXPANDS SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND HIV PREVENTION AND TESTING PROGRAMS IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
IWES to announce recent grant awards from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
EVENT: The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) will announce recent grant awards totaling $8 million over five years to support the Believe in Youth – Louisiana (BY-LA) and Community High Impact Prevention (CHIP) programs.
With funding from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), IWES’ BY-LA program provides evidence based sexual health interventions to over 4,000 African American and Latino youth annually in a variety of settings, including public and charter schools, community based organizations and faith based organizations across Southeast Louisiana. Recognizing the link between emotional wellness and decision making, BY-LA integrates lessons on stress management and positive coping skills in addition to comprehensive sexual health education.
CHIP, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an education, testing and referral program designed to decrease the rate of HIV infections in the Greater New Orleans area. Focusing on African American and Latino youth ages 13-29, CHIP will expand its services to provide over 2,800 free HIV tests including counseling, prevention and treatment referrals.
WHERE: Schaumburg Elementary School 9501 Grant St. New Orleans, LA 70127
WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
WHO: Presentations from political leaders, education & health advocates, parents and youth.
Charlotte Parent, Director of Health, City of New Orleans
Dr. Denese Shervington, President & CEO, IWES
Rev. Isaiah Stewart, House of Healing Outreach Church
Laci Blondell, Principal, ReNEW Schaumburg
Gina Brown, New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council
Brittany Firstly, Believe in Youth – New Orleans graduate